Sep 30, 2007

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Instead of buying packets, I like to make my own taco seasoning because I can control the salt content and it's a lot cheaper since I have the ingredients on hand anyway for other recipes. I like to use the following recipe from Jonni McCoy of Miserly Moms.

Taco Seasoning Mix
Makes approximately 15 tablespoons
(3 tablespoons is equivalent to one seasoning packet)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I like to use white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour)
2 T chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
4 tsp salt
4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano

Put all of the ingredients in a blender. Cover and blend until powdery for 5 seconds or less (don't over blend). Use the "pulse" feature if your blender has one. Add more cayenne powder if you prefer it hotter. (I don't bother blending the ingredients - I find the mixture works perfectly well as is.)

Store in an airtight container for up to six months.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this! I never remember to buy those packets at the store and I always need it!

ChiefFamilyOfficer said...

Glad to help!

Kacie said...

I'm going to have to try this recipe! I'm going to try to figure out how much this costs per serving, compared to the packets. And, I like that you can customize it to your own tastes.

Tracy said...

Do you mix it with water like you do with the seasoning packets?

ChiefFamilyOfficer said...

Sorry it's taken me a few days to get back to you both - I've been so under the weather!

@Kacie - If you click on the recipe title, it'll take you to the original recipe posted by Jonni on the Dollar Stretcher. At the bottom, she has a cost, which even if it's off by a factor of three or four, is still cheaper than Taco Bell brand packets, which is what I used to use (Marc adamantly refused McCormick brand).

@Tracy - Yup, I add 1/4 cup or so of water for ground meat.

Brenda Padilla Ericksen said...

It's great to reduce the salt - but maybe even more exciting to eliminate those flavour enhancers!!!